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Review: Sanyo MM-5600

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Form Factor

The MM5600 is a slightly larger than average sized clamshell phone. At the hinge it's just over an inch thick and fairly wide, but it tapers in both directions at the other end. It's weighty, but not heavy - just solid.

That solid feeling is like a theme for this phone. Every aspect of the phone exudes attention to build quality - the hinge is solid, the screen is sharp and bright, the buttons all have a solid feel to them.

Unfortunately the 5600 is not the perfect union of both solid and comfortable. The bottom half of the phone is more of a rectangle with flat sides than a nice oval shape, and the rectangle is too wide too sit inside the palm of your hand. Dialing, texting or doing anything but talking on the phone is not terribly comfortable.

Once you switch your hand position to talk and put the phone up to your ear, it is much more comfortable. The inside is smooth, comfortable and fits well against the face. With the hand positioned to hold the phone for talking, the space between the top of the flip and the antenna even provides a nice perch for the index finger.

Keypad

Each button on the keypad is just slightly raised, and has a small but noticeable indentation around it. While each bump and indentation is subtle, it still makes using the keypad easy to do without glancing down, especially when just navigating using the D-Pad and softbuttons. The predictable button placement and feel also makes using the number pad without looking possible.

The sides of the phone are lined with buttons as well. Except for the Push to Talk (ReadyLink) button, most are small and hard to press. The volume buttons are best toyed with holding the phone away from your face, otherwise they can only be pressed with your pinky when holding the phone in your right hand. There is also a small camera and voice command button on the other side.

There is a second camera button on the main keypad, however instead of taking you directly to the camera interface, it opens up the pictures application, where you can access the camera as well as the photo gallery and other options. It's confusing why there are two separate camera buttons with two different functions.

There is also a dedicated button on the internal keypad to activate the speakerphone.

 

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